Strategic Plan



Sydney’s Aerospace and Defence Interest Group is made up of key industry members including the Australian Industry Defence Network (AIDN), Australian Business Defence Industry (ABDI), Australian Industry Group Defence Council, Australian Aerospace Industry Forum, Sydney Metro Airports Limited supported by Bankstown and Hawkesbury Councils, Capability Acquisition & Sustainment Group (CASG), Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC), Defence Science Institute, NSW Department of Industry-Defence, and Regional Development Australia - Sydney.

It is made up of an advisory Executive Committee and three special interest groups, and a secretariat supported by the RDA Sydney Executive Officer and Marketing & Communications Manager.



To provide a focus and a forum for Sydney’s Aerospace and Defence Industry sectors and to facilitate their growth; to work closely with Government agencies and industry associations to attract a higher percentage of Defence and Aerospace Business into the Greater Sydney Region.


To identify new additional strategic opportunities which can only be tackled on a collaborative basis, to provide feedback to industry members and other stakeholders, including the State and Commonwealth Governments, on the make-up and health of the Aerospace and Defence Industry sectors; to identify key factors and trends affecting it and to help facilitate industry access to available government support and services.

We help our members to help themselves by facilitating, encouraging and supporting collective efforts and initiatives designed to benefit the industry as a whole.


SADIG members see an opportunity that by working more collaboratively together they can further develop and strengthen the existing and successful Aerospace & Defence industry manufacturing & service key sectors, where there is competitive advantage, by improving productivity, business capability, sustainability, innovation and networks. Opportunities will exist not only in OEM (Original Equipment Manufacture) manufacturing, and technology but also in the sustainment of key Aerospace and Defence assets as part of a global supply chain with major Aerospace Defence prime contractors- particularly in the design, engineering and ongoing maintenance services.


SADIG has developed a collaborative website to market the industry capability, to develop a more cohesive connected networking group capable of working together and winning more business for Sydney and NSW. It will not attempt to replicate or duplicate the activities of its key stakeholder groups. It provides an opportunity to develop a regional geographic specialist group for Sydney, with more synergy, able to represent the industry and to multinational Primes and Government with respect the health of the sector, supply chain capabilities, future skills development, and opportunities for innovation support. It will run key forums, workshops, networking events; improve the communication between industry and Government and research and education industry stakeholders. It will on-sell the initiatives, activities and events of the DMO and NSW Government, and of its key stakeholder groups.


SADIG will seek to work and develop the industry capabilities and competitiveness of the industry for Sydney through its own endeavours and activities. As the Greater Sydney region represents over 60% of the NSW Aerospace and Defence industry there is much to be done with a huge opportunity for growth.


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